HOUSTON – Each year, the month of June is celebrated around the world as Pride Month.
In late June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, which catered to members of the gay community in New York City. The raid touched off riots that were considered the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.
Here are just some of the ways the Houston area is marking Pride Month.
On Monday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner kicked off the week by proclaiming June as Pride Month in the city.
“It’s not just about the parade, but it’s about celebrating equality and pride and people being who they are, being accepted for who they are and enjoying the same opportunities as everyone else,” Turner said during the City Hall ceremony.
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In Galveston, a privately funded effort led to a rainbow crosswalk being painted at the intersections of 25th and Ball streets and 25th and Sealy streets.
While a bit faded, Houston also has a rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Taft Street and Westheimer Road in the Montrose neighborhood.
Space, a gift shop in Montrose, used its windows to share messages of inclusion and equality.
Pictures posted on the store’s Instagram page show a hand-painted rainbow heart with the phrase “Love is love” inside. Another showcased a rainbow-colored drawing of Houston’s skyline with the phrase “Houston pride” above it.
Of course, one of the biggest ways the Houston area celebrates Pride Month is with one of the largest Pride parades in the country. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend Saturday’s events. For a closer look at the parade, click here.